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The Touch
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Spanning nearly fifty years, from the 1860s through to the turn of the century, THE TOUCH tells the story of Alexander Kinross, who flees from a childhood of poverty in Scotland to make his fortune in the Australian and the American gold fields. In the process he meets the woman he loves but can never marry -- and marries a woman who can never love him. When Alexander Kinross writes home to Scotland for a bride, he is remembered only as a shiftless young boilermaker's apprentice. Since he encloses a draft for one thousand pounds, however, arrangements are swiftly made to send him his young cousin Elizabeth, although it is her sister Jean whom he had wanted. So Elizabeth makes her way across the Atlantic by steam ship, and from there by sail, towards a land she knows nothing about, and a husband about whom she knows still less. Arriving in Sydney, she meets Alexander - handsome, devilish in appearance and manner, and obviously rich, and determined to get richer. He marries her, takes her home across the wild and barren countryside to his great house. What he does not tell her is that he made his first fortune in the California gold rush - and fell in love with perhaps the o
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Colleen McCullough is the bestselling author of the record-breaking international bestseller The Thorn Birds as well as twelve other novels. She lives on Norfolk Island in the Pacific with her husband.

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After last year's The October Horse, the final installment in her series set in ancient Rome, McCullough returns to her native Australia to chronicle the adventures of Scotsman Alex Kinross, a headstrong and handsome former boilermaker's apprentice in Glasgow, now rich and the founder of an eponymous town in New South Wales. It is the late 19th century, and Alex, who has settled in Australia after finding gold both in America and Down Under, can find no suitable bride, so he sends to Scotland for one. Elizabeth, the backward 16-year-old beauty he marries, takes an instant dislike to him: he's no paragon of sensitivity; he bears an unfortunate resemblance to Satan; and neither his brilliance, his money or his influence can persuade her to love him. Elizabeth bears him two daughters-she almost dies giving birth to the second-and forges a deep friendship with the redoubtable Ruby Costevan, a former madam and Alex's longtime mistress. But poor Elizabeth just can't be happy, until she meets Ruby's half-Chinese son, Lee. Lee returns Elizabeth's regard tenfold, but because he's as upstanding as he is beautiful, he makes himself scarce to avoid upsetting Elizabeth or Alex, whom he loves. When he can bear it no longer, Lee decides Alexander must be told-but at what price? Frontier speculation, domestic strife, industrialization, a terrible rape and a brutal murder: all these mold and buffet the Kinross clan until a final, tragic act of generosity promises to end the pain. Though they are frequently at the mercy of the novel's complex plot, McCullough's characters win sympathy with their spirited striving for love and honor. Agent, Mort Janklow. 150,000 first printing; Literary Guild, Doubleday Book Club and BOMC main selection. (Dec.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Young Elizabeth's curmudgeon father receives a letter and ?1000 to ship his teenaged daughter from Scotland to Australia to marry a man she's never seen and hardly heard of-also a Scotsman-who has made a fortune in the gold fields. She has no choice but to board the ship for the months-long voyage. Alexander Kinross turns out to be a very wealthy and accomplished entrepreneur but not quite a great husband. He already has a firmly established mistress and has sent for a young bride only to bear sons to carry on his name. No sons are forthcoming, however. Elizabeth nearly loses her life giving birth to two daughters: the brilliant Nell and the mentally handicapped Anna. Although the marriage endures as a formality, the loveless environment is devastating for them all. This romantic drama is set against the background of the development of Australia in the mining boom of the late 19th century, where virtually everyone was a newcomer out to get rich. McCullough is such a great storyteller that even melodrama is compelling to hear. Reader Jenny Sterlin gives a fine performance of the many voices in this saga. Her Australian and Scots accents for both men and women are easily understood and add power to the story. Recommended for public libraries.-Barbara Valle, El Paso P.L., TX Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

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